Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

At Annual Meeting, US Bishops Defer Judgment on Trump

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

At Annual Meeting, US Bishops Defer Judgment on Trump

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BALTIMORE * At their annual fall meeting less than a week after Republican candidate Donald Trump became the surprise president-elect, the U.S. bishops weren't much interested in talking about the incoming administration--though it seemed very much on their minds.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., who stepped down as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the end of the Nov. 14-16 meeting, noted in his farewell address the "unprecedented lack of civility and even rancor in the national elections just completed."

He urged his brother bishops "to move forward with a respect for those in public office as we seek the common good."

Later at a press conference, he told reporters that the bishops were uncertain where Trump stood on many issues but they looked forward to having conversations with the incoming administration in order to find out what parts of the bishops' agenda might get adopted.

Newly elected conference president Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston also begged off reporters asking him about the Trump administration. "At this point, I am not sure where this new administration is coming from," he said. There is "hope that there could be a sharing of perspectives of the common good" between bishops and the administration, he said, but also pledged "not back down ... that we will always champion those who are voiceless."

DiNardo said he was hopeful that judicial appointments would favor the bishops' pro-life agenda, that the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds to be spent on abortion services, would be extended, and that "certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act would be . …

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